Summer skate: Edmonton Oilers

Heading into 2013-14, the Edmonton Oilers felt it was time for their long rebuild to finally pay dividends. Instead, it was more of the same. Edmonton received terrible goaltending and a poor performance from its blue line. The shortcomings in...

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Summer skate: Calgary Flames

Another down year for the Calgary Flames resulted in a front-office shake-up. President of hockey operations Brian Burke fired general manager Jay Feaster and hired former Arizona assistant GM Brad Treliving to handle the club’s rebuild. The Flames have a...

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Summer skate: Vancouver Canucks

The John Tortorella experiment lasted only one season in Vancouver. The Canucks’ ownership fired Torts not long after watching their former coach Alain Vigneault lead the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals. Bringing Tortorella to Vancouver seemed doomed...

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Summer skate: Anaheim Ducks

On the back of amazing seasons by their two superstars, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Anaheim Ducks held off the uber-talented Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks to win the Pacific Division in 2013-14. In the playoffs, however,...

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Summer skate: L.A. Kings

After watching the Los Angeles Kings raise their second Stanley Cup in three years, teams around the NHL are studying them closely in an attempt to replicate the “Kings Way.” While strategy likely plays a role in L.A.’s success, its winning ways...

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Summer skate: San Jose Sharks

It was Groundhog Day for the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 postseason, as they were eliminated in the first round following an outstanding regular season. Of all the playoff disappointments since coach Todd McClellan took over, which include falling...

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Summer skate: Minnesota Wild

Despite a middling possession game and terminal uncertainty between the pipes, the Minnesota Wild managed to finish in fourth place in the Central Division in 2013-14, matching up against the division-winning Colorado Avalanche — and beating them in seven games. The Wild also proved...

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Summer skate: Nashville Predators

After making the postseason in seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 to 2011-12, the Nashville Predators fell off and have missed the boat in each of the past two seasons. As sometimes occurs when expected success fails to materialize, the Predators parted...

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Summer skate: Dallas Stars

Under the new management duo of GM Jim Nill and head coach Lindy Ruff, theDallas Stars returned to the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The most ostensible cause for getting over the hump was the trade forTyler...

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